Tom Moon

Tom Moon appears in the following:

Music Review: 'Johannesburg,' Mumford & Sons

Friday, June 17, 2016

NPR reviews a musical collaboration between Mumford and Sons and musicians from far flung countries called Johannesburg.


Music Review: 'American Tunes,' Allen Toussaint

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

NPR reviews the posthumous release from New Orleans pianist Allen Toussaint, American Tunes.


First Listen: Paul Simon, 'Stranger To Stranger'

Thursday, May 26, 2016

After 13 solo albums, Simon still views pop as a language of exuberant dances and polyrhythmic upheavals. Even now, his music pulses with the feeling of invention.


Music Review: 'Take Me To the Alley,' Gregory Porter

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

On his new album, Gregory Porter continues to redefine what it means to be a jazz singer. NPR's Tom Moon reviews Take Me to the Alley.


First Listen: Bob Dylan, 'Fallen Angels'

Thursday, May 12, 2016

This is the second volume in which Dylan sings the Great American Songbook, recorded at the same time (and with the same core band) as his 2015 album Shadows In The Night.


Music Review: 'A Moon Shaped Pool,' Radiohead

Monday, May 09, 2016

NPR's Tom Moon reviews the ninth album from Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool.


Music Review: 'Two Friends, One Century of Music,' Caetano Veloso And Gilberto Gil

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Tom Moon says simplicity is beauty in the new live album from Brazilian music legends Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil.


Music Review: 'Trade Winds: Cuba,' Matt Geraghty Project

Monday, April 04, 2016

Tom Moon reviews an album chronicling some unscripted jam sessions from a variety of Cuban musicians.


First Listen: Charles Bradley, 'Changes'

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Hear the new album by "The Screaming Eagle of Soul," which cleverly balances the vintage and the modern.


Music Review: 'Livin' On A High Note,' Mavis Staples

Friday, February 19, 2016

Music reviewer Tom Moon says the latest from gospel-soul icon Mavis Staples is the most stirring of her recent releases. He reviews Livin' on a High Note.


'Adore Life' Refines Savages' Quiet Moments And Thunderous Peaks

Monday, January 25, 2016

The four women of Savages first appeared in 2013 with Silence Yourself and a sound that lived up to the band's name — raw, confrontational, intense. Adore Life represents a huge leap forward.


Music Review: 'I Long To See You,' Charles Lloyd

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tom Moon reviews the new album from 77-year-old jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd, I Long to See You.


The Eagles' Glenn Frey Dies At 67

Monday, January 18, 2016

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with music critic Tom Moon about the death of Glenn Frey, a founding member of The Eagles.


First Listen: Baaba Maal, 'The Traveller'

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Two minutes and 35 seconds into "Fulani Rock," the rousing opening track on Baaba Maal's aptly titled The Traveller, there comes a strange worlds-colliding moment. Atop a dense and somewhat dissonant collage that recalls The Clash, the Senegalese legend has multi-tracked his voice doing a fierce, almost militaristic ...


First Listen: Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto & Bryce Dessner, 'The Revenant'

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

How does a film conjure the unfathomable vastness of nature? How can it make moviegoers feel the harshness of a desolate place?

These are some of the challenges director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman) faced in creating The Revenant, a revenge thriller that stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a fur trapper who's ...


Music Review: ' A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters,' John Coltrane

Monday, December 21, 2015

An expanded version of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane's A Love Supreme has been released. Music reviewer Tom Moon says the set, which includes alternate studio takes and a live record...


Stone Temple Pilots Singer Scott Weiland Dies At 48

Friday, December 04, 2015

NPR looks back on the career of Scott Weiland, singer in the bands Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver. Weiland died in his sleep on Thursday at age 48.


Music Review: 'Ten Years Solo Live,' Brad Mehldau

Monday, November 16, 2015

Brad Mehldau's new album is a collection of recordings from his live performances, across a broad range of styles and genres. Reviewer Tom Moon says he never sounds out of his element...


First Listen: Jeff Lynne's ELO, 'Alone In The Universe'

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Someday, someone's going to make a mint dispensing practical advice to rock stars heading into retirement age. Because, as we know, there are traps. We've all watched once-beloved icons fall prey to a familiar (and eerily similar) series of judgment lapses: They spend their time repackaging the old hits — ...


First Listen: Bob Dylan, 'The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12'

Friday, October 30, 2015

Record-making is typically not a spectator sport.

Most of the time, what we hear from a recording artist is exactly what the artist intended to share, and no more. That "finished" product follows from a thousand individual decisions, each involving an embrace of risk, a willingness to experiment and, in ...